Days after the transport commissioner was questioned for over six hours in connection with allegations of corruption in the government’s Premium Bus Service scheme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday asked Transport Minister Gopal Rai to appear before the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). However, stating that he has to undergo treatment after his operation, Rai asked to be relieved of his portfolio.
A government spokesperson said, “The minister met the CM Monday and discussed his health condition with him. Rai will be undergoing treatment at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Vasant Kunj, for the next three months. This is part of his treatment after he was operated upon to remove a bullet lodged in his back.”
He added, “Rai will attend office for the time being as nothing has been finalised yet, but he has asked to be relieved of his duties as transport minister.”
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Kejriwal, in a series of tweets Friday, said he was told the ACB would summon Rai and asked him to present himself before summons are issued.
Transport Commissioner Sanjay Kumar was questioned about the scheme by the ACB after LG Najeeb Jung had returned the file, and alleged that the scheme appeared to have been launched to “benefit one company”.
While refusing to comment on whether Rai will be called for questioning, a senior ACB official said, “We are going to summon many more people in connection with the case. We might call Kumar again to clarify several points.”